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Despite the pandemic, the university’s research, service and engagement enterprises are firing on all cylinders. External funding awarded to faculty and staff hit a 10-year high in Fiscal Year 2021. According to the latest Annual Report from NIU’s Sponsored Programs Administration, 127 faculty and staff members won 343 awards for research, instruction, outreach, public service and other...
Donor-funded collaboration hub will foster creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship throughout the NIU community and beyond. To enter Barsema Hall is to enter a world where anything seems possible. The high ceilings and busy common areas seem to vibrate with the energy and ideas of those who work and learn there. That energy was at a...
A new pilot program inspired by Professor Melani Duffrin aims to help NIU faculty to focus their research enterprises, foster interdisciplinary collaborations and sharpen their grant-writing skills. The Division of Research and Innovation Partnerships (RIPS) will kick off its STARS Faculty Academy with informational sessions in early September. The academy is being patterned after Duffrin’s...
When NIU Biology Professor Holly Jones was awarded a $703,000 National Science Foundation Grant to study prairie restoration on a half-acre site north of the NIU Convocation Center, she and her colleague Melissa Lenczewski (a professor of geology) immediately saw an opportunity for collaboration. “We immediately asked, ‘Has anybody ever looked at the groundwater when...
A new NIU series of Innovation Conversations will bring in experts from across Illinois and around the world to discuss sustainable food systems. The Northern Illinois Center for Community Sustainability (NICCS) and the Division of Research and Innovation Partnerships (RIPS) Office of Innovation are sponsoring the events. “This virtual series of conversations features some high-level...
The Illinois Innovation Network (IIN) has awarded $229,000 in seed grants to eight research teams across the state in its second round of funding, selecting projects that include vaccine distribution, strengthening the state’s teacher pipeline and protecting Illinois’ biodiversity. Northern Illinois University researchers are involved with six of the eight funded projects and are the...
Talk about an attention grabber. Of the 3.4 million scholarly articles tracked in 2020 for the amount of attention and discussion they generated, research on voting led by NIU political scientist Scot Schraufnagel clocked in at No. 80. The list was compiled by Altmetric, a company that tracks and analyzes the online activity around scholarly...
R&D World Magazine has named an innovative discovery first made in an NIU laboratory on campus among the prestigious R&D 100 Awards. Sometimes called the​ “Oscars of Innovation,” R&D 100 Awards honor revolutionary ideas in science and technology and the innovators behind them. In August, a research team, led by NIU and the U.S. Department...
Dara Little, assistant vice president for research and sponsored programs at NIU, has been elected to the board of directors for the Society of Research Administrators (SRA) International. SRA International is the premier global research management society providing education, professional development and the latest comprehensive information about research management to professionals from over 40 countries....
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